Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Kentucky Digest

1 dies in wreck, 2 others injured

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FOSTER — A Fort Thomas man was killed and two others were hospitalized after a car and tractor-trailer collided on the AA Highway on Saturday in Bracken County.

        Ian J. LeForce, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene by Bracken County Coroner John Parker. Kentucky State Police said Mr. LeForce disregarded a stop sign on Ky. 1019 at the intersection of the AA Highway at 7:25 a.m. Saturday.

        The 1995 GMC Sonoma PK pickup driven by Mr. LeForce crossed in front of a northbound 1986 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Larson McClurg, 54, of West Liberty, Ky.

        Jason O'Brian, 22, of Villa Hills, who was a passenger in the 1995 GMC pickup driven by Mr. LeForce, was treated for head and chest injuries at St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas. Neither Mr. LeForce nor Mr. O'Brian were wearing seat belts.

        Mr. McClurg was treated and released for injuries to the head and left arm at Meadowview Regional Hospital in Maysville.

Campbell Co. GOP slates fund-raiser

               FORT THOMAS — The Campbell County Republican Party will begin gearing up for the 2001 election cycle with a party and fund-raiser 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Wilder.

        The party's second annual Fall Fling will be held at the Marquise banquet center on Ky. 9. Tickets are $40, which includes a buffet dinner, beverages, and live entertainment.

        U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Southgate and his wife, Mary, who are Campbell County natives, and Kentucky GOP Chairwoman Ellen Williams are expected to attend.

        Money raised at the event will help the party's efforts to elect Republicans in next year's county and statehouse elections, said party chairwoman Barb Haas of Fort Thomas.

        For reservations, call (859) 781-5899.

Kenton library adds to online services

               COVINGTON — Users of the Kenton County Public Library can now access most library services online at www.kenton.lib.ky.us.

        For the past few years, the library has offered limited service through its Internet site, but it has recently been updated and now offers more services and research capabilities.

        Browsers can join a free online book club, access the library's catalog, search a number of electronic databases, and get information about Northern Kentucky community organizations.

        Besides research options, there is a genealogy link on the library's Web site that has been updated to include family files, newspaper indexes, records on cemeteries, cities, businesses and churches and online databases including Kenton County Census Records from 1810-1880.

        Some of the library's online services require a library card. To obtain one, you must have a valid photo ID and prove residency in Kenton County. If an ID does not have a Kenton County address, a water or phone bill can be used as proof of residency. Residents outside of Kenton County can get a card by showing a current library card from their county of residence.

Former state Senator Kelsey Friend dies

               PIKEVILLE — Former state Sen. Kelsey Evans Friend Sr., who was head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and whose proteges included Gov. Paul Patton, has died after a two-year battle with congestive heart failure. He was 79.

        Mr. Friend, an eastern Kentucky Democrat who served 20 years in the Senate, died Saturday at Pikeville Methodist Hospital.

        Mr. Friend was a senator from 1972 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1996, when he was unseated by then-Pike County Attorney Gary C. Johnson in one of the most expensive state legislative races in Kentucky's history.

        Mr. Friend graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School and earned a masters of laws degree from Duke University in 1950, after serving in the Army in World War II.

        He began his political career as master commissioner for the 35th Judicial District for Pike County from 1950 to 1952.

        He was Pike County attorney from 1954 to 1957 and commonwealth's attorney from 1958 to 1963. He was chairman of the Pike County Democratic Executive Committee from 1964 to 1967.

        Mr. Friend is survived by: his wife, the former Margaret Earp; a daughter, Clarissa Friend; two sons, Kelsey E. Jr. and Joe J. Friend; two brothers, Wallace and Ballard Friend; a sister, Evelyn Newsom; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

        The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Pikeville, with burial in the family cemetery. Visitation will be at Call Funeral Home in Pikeville after after 9 a.m. today and at the church after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Justice Dept. ordered to pay legal fees

               LOUISVILLE — A federal judge has ordered federal authorities to pay lawyers' fees for a Louisville attorney acquitted of fraud charges.

        U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ordered the government to reimburse a portion of the expenses that Donald Heavrin spent to defend himself on bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and other charges.

        Judge Heyburn acquitted Mr. Heavrin last November on all 14 counts for which he was indicted in an alleged scheme to siphon money from his stepfather's business, which consisted of seven Sizzler restaurant franchises. Judge Heyburn ruled July 31 that three counts were frivolous.

        The U.S. attorney's office says it will appeal the order. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kent Wicker said the office thinks the prosecution was warranted and that Judge Heyburn's ruling on the fees was wrong.

Impact of Derby reportedly $217M

               LOUISVILLE — A new study of the economic impact of the Kentucky Derby paid for by the racetrack that hosts it estimates that the Derby weekend funneled $217.8 million into Kentucky's economy.

        The study, commissioned by Churchill Downs, came up with a much larger number than a 1992 report, which estimated the Derby was worth about $60 million to the state's economy.

        Several factors may account for the differences. The 1992 study, commissioned by the University of Louisville Equine Administration Program, covered a two-day period, including the Kentucky Oaks on Friday and the running of the Derby on Saturday. The current study, by the Louisville firm Wilkerson & Associates, includes the Thursday before the Derby.

        Churchill Downs officials released the study Monday.


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